Having read a certain amount about the decision to prorogue parliament today, I am struck by two things particularly. The first is the letter that Boris Johnson wrote to the One Nation group of MPs in order to win their support in July in which he said so categorically that he ‘would like to make it absolutely clear that I am not attracted to arcane procedures such as the prorogation of Parliament. As someone who aspires to be the Prime Minister of a democratic nation, I believe in finding consensus in the House of Commons’. He put the issue so beautifully clearly. This was a month ago. How must they now feel if they voted for him ?
The second is that he appears not to have discussed the decision in cabinet, which includes so many, including Amber Rudd, Sajid Javid and Matt Hancock, who have gone on public so recently expressing their extreme hostility to the idea of prorogation. So, it is not just parliament that he has kicked in the teeth, the Queen and his political opponents, but so many of his allies and supporters. How must they feel as they face their families and friends over the breakfast table and have to defend, and support, a decision, which they so vocally don’t and can’t ?